1. DC cracks down on silent dancing.

    03 June 2011

    If you've never heard of a flashmob before, it's when word gets out somehow for everyone who finds out about it to gather at a particular place and time, count down from five, and then do something weird. There have been flashmobs where everyone opened an umbrella for precisely 23 seconds, made chicken noises, turned their shirts inside out, had a pillow fight, and even briefly created a supercomputer. About five years ago, there was even a silent disco held in the stations of London's subway system and 1,000 people gathered for a flash rave in Union Square in …

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  2. Project Byzantium presentation at NOVALUG.

    31 May 2011

    Earlier this month (I know, I know, I plead working on the weekends) Ben Mendis and I presented at NOVALUG on Project Byzantium. We had a pretty good turnout that Saturday, especially seeing as how the location was changed at the last minute but the NOVALUG website hadn't been updated. Ben and I had worked on the presentation all week using Google Docs and I think we did a pretty good job of putting together a framework to speak from that didn't put people to sleep. I also think we did a pretty good job for a) not rehearsing together …

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  3. My obligatory "Cyberpunk is passe'" post.

    30 May 2011

    In the past couple of weeks it's become something of a fad to post about the genre of cyberpunk becoming somewhat passe'. We now live in the twenty-first century, where much of the fiction that my generation grew up reading was ostensibly set. We don't have flying cars or jetpacks. We don't really have food pills, either, but the nutrient and protein shakes that you can buy in the cold case of just about every convenience store these days (or the frankly awful tasting energy drinks that are popular with the younger set) aren't that far off. We do have …

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  4. Internet censorship, net.warfare, and the balkanization of the Net.

    24 May 2011

    It seems like every time we turn around, somebody else is trying to enact another scheme to make the Internet a little less open, a little less useful, and more of a surveillance tool for people who can't quite make out what the writing on the wall seems to say.

    The latest, and possibly most frightening salvo in the as-yet undeclared War On the Internet is something called the PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act). In a real sense, it's COICA v2.0 in that it still allows the US …

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  5. Project Byzantium presentation at NOVALUG - 14 May 2011!

    06 May 2011

    On 14 May 2011, Ben Mendis and I will be presenting on Project Byzantium at NOVALUG. We'll be talking about what Byzantium is and why we're building it, and we want more people to get interested in this project. Ben and I will be talking a little bit about what routing does (at the 50,000 foot view), what mesh routing is and why it's important, the nature of the Egypt and Katrina Problems, and the solutions we have in place for those problems. We're also going to talk about how Byzantium specifically works, what resources will be available on …

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  6. Could getting a US passport get much more difficult in the near future?

    22 April 2011

    Note: All links anonymized due to the possibility that Someone might subpoena web server logs.

    Earlier today during my morning news crawl (Twitter has pretty much supplanted everything I used before due to how fast word travels on that service, even Google News) I ran across something that made me shiver while considering the implications: the US Department of State is considering implementing new paperwork that United States citizens would have to fill out to apply for a passport which includes a biographical questionnaire that asks some pretty outlandish things which are analyzed in depth here. The proposed form, called …

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